
• Why is mathematics required in school?From some skeptics: • Aren't "openended" problems just an invitation to sloppy thinking?From other skeptics: • Doesn't every mathematics problem have a single correct answer?From some friends: • Is understanding a realistic (or even desirable) goal of school mathematics?From other friends: • How important are proofs for school mathematics? 
Copyright © 1998.  Contact: Lynn A. Steen  URL: http://www.stolaf.edu/people/steen/Papers/98newmath.html 